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Vice-premier calls on China, Germany to oppose trade and investment protectionism

Updated: Nov 26,2016 9:39 AM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Liu Yandong meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, on Nov 25, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

HAMBURG — Visiting Vice-Premier Liu Yandong on Nov 24 called for more convenient market environment as well as more rational and amicable media environment to boost Sino-German two-way investment.

Liu made the remarks in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during the seventh Hamburg Summit “China Meets Europe”.

Vice-Premier Liu Yandong meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, on Nov 25, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu called on China and Germany to jointly oppose trade and investment protectionism.

“We hope that Germany, as a core member state of the European Union (EU), exert significant influence on issues like pushing EU to fulfill its obligations under Article 15 of the Protocol on China’s accession to the World Trade Organization as scheduled, bringing positive energy for the development of China-Europe relations,” said Liu.

Vice-Premier Liu Yandong meets with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin, Germany, on Nov 24, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

She also called for the further coordination and promotion from both sides in exchanges and cooperation of science and technology, education, culture, tourism, youth issues as well as football, in order to advance the sustainable and stable development of relations between China and Germany.

Steinmeier, for his part, said Germany will continue to welcome investment from Chinese enterprises.

Vice-Premier Liu Yandong addresses a forum held at Germany’s Free University of Berlin, which focuses on cooperation in higher education, technology and innovation between both countries, in Berlin, Germany, on Nov 25, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua]

He believes both sides can properly handle differences through dialogues, making sure that bilateral relations between Germany and China continue to move forward smoothly.

In addition, the two sides agreed to promote establishment of Sino-German high-level cultural exchange mechanism as soon as possible.

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